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Should the Military Pay for a Donor Egg for Wounded Veterans and Active-Duty Military?

Posted Aug 31 2012 12:00am
There has been a big movement in recent legislation to help provide extended infertility services, such as IVF, for active-duty soldiers as well as wounded veterans. However, one important infertility services still remains uncovered: the donor egg .

Catastrophic injuries to the pelvic region has affected more than 2,000 troops since 2003 alone. These pelvic injuries can leave the soldier infertile and unable to have children. Furthermore, mounting studies have shown that the stress caused by exposure to a war environment can lead to heightened risks for infertility such as premature ovarian failure, repeated miscarriages, PCOS and more.
This year legislation was approved by the Senate to add in vitro fertilization (IVF) to the list of already covered infertility services including intrauterine sperm injection, for active-duty military. The Senate is also currently considering a new bill which would also provide Veterans with the same benefits.
However, this extension of IVF only really applies to the men injured at war and their spouses. Women who have suffered an infertility-inducing pelvic injury while on duty or who have suffered PTSD and stress which has made the use of their own eggs impossible – still remain unable to receive medical coverage for egg donors for this under current legislation. 
Why?
My best guess is that the cost of a donor egg is really high. In places like New York, this cost can go upward of $20,000. However, IVF costs are very high as well – and have a much lower success rate than a donor egg cycles does. Currently the VA provides up to 3 cycles – which in the end would cost more than a single donor egg cycle.
The other theory that I have is that the majority of the injured troops and veterans are male. Since these infertility services are extended to their spouses, not covering egg donation would save quite a bit of money since most of the couples who would utilizing on the donor egg option would be for reasons unrelated to a war injury.
Is this fair?
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